"The Imaginary Invalid" Needs Singers/Actors
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
The Company will hold open auditions for the comedic satire "The Imaginary Invalid" by Moliere.
Performance dates are January 13 through February 18, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" is an outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners sadly relevant even today. The wealthy Argan revels in poor health, relying on laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks. Although his daughter Angelique loves the impoverished Cleante, Argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diaforrhea, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of free health care. Aided by Argan's wily, back-talking servant Toinette, the young lovers contrive to meet despite the scheming of Beline, Argan's mercenary second wife. All is resolved (or is it?) when the clever Toinette and Argan's sage brother Beralde concoct a hilarious, elaborate plan to teach Argan where to place his trust.
Those auditioning should allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. No appointment or monologue is necessary; just be prepared for selected cold readings from the script. Please be prepared to sing a short a cappella piece of your choice if requested.
All roles are open to all ethnicities. Ages are approximate and flexible in most cases.
Argan, Male, 40s-60s
The classic Moliere lead character, a fool who is taken advantage of by his family and outsiders - in this case, members of the medical profession. Although he spends most of his time in a chair, he needs to have a good physical presence and the ability to move well. Because he is on stage for most of the show, he needs to be played by an actor who can commit to all rehearsals and learn a large amount of dialogue quickly.
Beralde, Male, 30s-60s
Argan's sensible relative who tries to help him see the error of his ways. Has a lot of good dialogue lampooning the medical profession.
Cleante, Male, 20s
A young man in love with Angelique. Poses as a substitute music teacher to get in to see her. Good comic timing and not afraid to sing, even if not a great singer.
The following supporting roles ideally will be played by other members of the cast above and/or doubled by one or two actors, depending on interest and availability:
Diafoirrhea, Male, 40s-60s
A doctor whose son is a suitor to Argan's daughter, Angelique. Rich, pompous and no sense of humor.
Dr. Purgon, Male, 30s-60s
Argan's family doctor - a true quack who takes himself very seriously and has tremendous power over Argan.
Bonnefoi, Male, 20s-40s
Argan's wife's notary and a man with whom she is having an affair. A real slimeball.
Thomas Diafoirrhea, Male, 20s
A medical student close to graduation who is a suitor for Angelique and presents carefully memorized speeches that he has to repeat from the beginning when he is interrupted. While not stupid, he has no social skills or awareness of that fact.
Fleurant, Male, 20s-60s
An enema specialist who works with Dr. Purgon and administers an enema to Argan.